Bonded by the spirit of Ubuntu – “I am because we are”.

In the spirit of respect, reciprocity, truth and reconciliation, as immigrant settlers to Central Alberta, the Ubuntu Youth Council honours and acknowledges Treaty 6 and Treaty 7 regions. This area is the traditional territory of the Niisitapi (Blackfoot), (including the Siksika, the Piikuni, and the Kainai Peoples), the Tsuut’ina, Stoney Nakoda, Cree, Saulteaux and Métis peoples

Our Projects

Find out how we are engaging youth in our community:

Spoken Diaries

10 video diaries from youth in rural Alberta

Youth Innovation Project

Community through the eyes of young people

International youth day

Celebrating the next generation

What We DO

[ Ubuntu: (oo·boon·too) I am because we are. ~ Zulu Proverb ~]






To empower the voices of our youth of colour in Central Alberta


The Ubuntu Youth Council strives to provide a platform in which youth can feel safe to express themselves, speak out against injustice, and have a community where they bond in the spirit of ubuntu- I am because we are.


  • Equity and Social Justice
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Creating safe and inclusive spaces
  • Creating colour brave and equitable spaces
  • Centering the experiences and voices of people and communities of color
  • Introspection
  • Innovation
  • Integrity
  • Intentionality

Samantha Donice

Youth Council Advisor

My name is Samantha Donice, currently co-chair of the Ubuntu youth council. I was born in the Bahamas, spent most of my life in Canada, being raised by my wonderful Haitian parents. Currently a nursing student at Red Deer Polytechnic. I am passionate about using the resources that I have to be a helping hand to those around me, to create  an environment that welcomes and allows people to feel safe, understood, and advocated for, and making sure that I am continually learning. When we look out for others and others look out for us we create a community that thrives.

Bryan St.Louis

Board Director - Youth Council Subcommittee

Bryan is a dedicated and passionate advocate for youth. His journey began when he was just 20 years old, working in the basement of a church with over 50 youth every day for a month. During this time, he discovered his ability to connect with and engage young people, using his authenticity, vulnerability and empowering message to guide them. This was when he knew that empowering youth was his true calling.

As a professional working with youth, he has dedicated his career to serving them. He has served as a youth detention specialist, teacher, youth pastor, and school administrator lead, but his ultimate goal has always been to empower and serve the youth that come to him. Bryan understands the many challenges that youth face, and his goal is to motivate, equip, and empower them to live their best, authentic life. Through mindset transformation, radical empathy, fitness empowerment and faith, he believes that youth can overcome their challenges and reach their full potential.

Barbara Afram

Board Director - Youth Council Subcommittee

Barbara Afram is a 4th-year psychology student at Burman University. Barbara was born in Toronto, but she is a proud Ghanaian.

Barbara is passionate about spirituality, family, and fostering change in her community. Barbara’s research and community involvement includes work combatting the adverse physical and psychological impacts experienced by marginalized groups in society.

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